Whāia te mātauranga hei oranga mō koutou.

Seek after learning for the sake of your wellbeing.

"This Māori proverb encompasses my educational philosophy."

Ben Laybourn

Evaluative Systems Leader

Ben works out of Wellington and is the Evaluative Systems Lead overseeing the quality and impact of all the work we do at Evaluation Associates.

As our Evaluative Systems Lead, Ben is one of our go-to people on all things data analysis. He has great skills in interpreting and displaying data and evidence in ways which help students, teachers and boards of trustees identify and plan for future learning. He also has considerable experience in the use of student management systems.

Ben is a member of our facilitation team and is a Ministry of Education accredited facilitator and expert partner. He also works in schools right across the lower part of the North Island as an accredited facilitator and expert partner. His areas of expertise are:

  • leadership and change
  • assessment for learning
  • seriously cool science teaching
  • strategic thinking and planning for long term development and sustainability
  • effective pedagogy for accelerating learning
  • data analysis and interpretation
  • e-asTTle and standardised assessments.

Ben has a Bachelor of Science (Biochemistry and Chemistry), a Diploma of Teaching (Primary) and a Postgraduate certificate in Education (leadership). He is a bit of a guru when it comes to the effective teaching of science and runs hands on science workshops that certainly capture the imagination. Ben is a member of the New Zealand Association of Science Educators and on the board of the House of Science Wairarapa.

Prior to joining Evaluation Associates, Ben was a deputy principal in a secondary school. He has a background in primary and secondary teaching so covers the full spectrum of education. He has also led literacy and curriculum in secondary schools, focusing on effective pedagogy across all curriculum areas and for all students.

His passion is effective leadership across schools, not only with senior leaders but empowering middle leaders to step up to work as a team to make more of a difference. He focuses on how manaakitanga and whanaungatanga, within the framework of formative assessment, can maximise learning.

When not at work, you will find Ben on his lifestyle block in Carterton with his wife and children. The familys gardens, orchard, sheep and dogs keep them busy. If they are not at home, they will be out having an adventure somewhere - in the hills, on the water, or just enjoying nature. 

These are some of the schools Ben has worked with recently:

  • Central Taranaki Kāhui Ako
  • Tararua Kāhui Ako
  • Stratford High
  • Tararua College
  • Clyde Quay Primary school
  • Island Bay Primary School.


"Ben has been working with our Tararua Kāhui Ako for the past year or so. Ben Laybourn has been instrumental in providing quality professional development to our in-school and across school leads. Ben demonstrates excellent pedagogical knowledge. He is able to impart this to us through his facilitation of discussions, sharing of readings and coaching/leadership techniques that we can take back to our own schools and continue to drive the development for our own staff. We have appreciated his open and approachable nature, his wealth of advice and endless suggestions of quality resources to help build teacher capability and student achievement within our Kāhui Ako."

David Jackson, Pahiatua School

"Ben has worked with us to refine our teaching as inquiry processes. Through his searching questions we have been able to ensure our direction and actions reflect the purpose of our intended inquiry. Ben challenges our thinking and makes us look at the bigger picture while ensuring that the student remains the focus of our work."

Jan Westfield, Principal Rawhitiroa School